Sockeye salmon run in the Adams River
(Chun Lee photo)


Festivals & Events

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

One of nature’s most impressive sights is the Adams River sockeye salmon run.

Every four years, the crystal-clear waters of the Adams River turn red with tens of thousands of returning salmon. This incredible wildlife viewing spectacle is highlighted at the Salute to the Sockeye Festival in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase.

Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run

Lying 15km/9mi northeast of Chase and protected through its full length within the boundaries of Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, the lower 65ha/161ac of the Adams River is one of the richest natural salmon spawning grounds in North America.

Sockeye salmon that have lived for four or five years in the Pacific Ocean return to the streams of their birth to spawn and die. From the mouth of the Fraser River, they battle horrific currents for about 18 days and eat nothing on their epic 485km/290mi journey. Their bodies change colour from silver-blue to bright red with green heads as they reach the spawning grounds. Many are caught or die along the way, but astonishing numbers reach their destination.

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